Lawmakers say fixing mental health system will take more time

PORTSMOUTH, Va (WAVY) — Lawmakers in Richmond are asking for more time to revamp the mental health care system.

Earlier this week, the special committee studying mental health services agreed on a package of bills to send to the General Assembly next month but, they say they have more work to do.

On Thursday, WAVY.com spoke with a member of that committee, Senator John Cosgrove of Chesapeake.

“It is such a broad and complex issue that we just felt as a group that we should continue working with mental health professionals and the community service board to make sure we’re doing this right.” Cosgrove said.

Senator Cosgrove believes it should become a standing committee.

They’ll start by asking the General Assembly for at least a two year extension. They will take the issue to the General Assembly
next month via a resolution.